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Old 12-09-2006, 04:19 PM   #1
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Brittle Sea Star

What do you guys think of them ? good addition or bad ?

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Old 12-09-2006, 04:23 PM   #2
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Brittle's pose a threat to smaller fish IME. I would much rather keep serpents.
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I have had a few come on live rock... never had an issue with them.

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I`ve never had a brittle but I `ve had a few friends get rid of them for being too aggressive toward the smaller fish as James said.
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Green Brittle Star = Fish eater.

Other species can resort to eating your livestock if not properly fed though.

Serpent stars, as stated, I believe are a lot calmer.
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I have numerous brittles and serpents and never have had problems. I also have the "notorious green brittle" and havent had issues either. I also feed them regularly, so that could be why.
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well the reason i was asking, is because i got one today at the lfs, it is the red one, which some places say they are semi-aggresive and other places say they are peaceful. The one purchased is pretty small, so far everything is ok. When i fed the fish today, the brittle ate as well. So we'll see how everything goes

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A red one, I haven't seen those, can you get a pic?
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I've never seen a red brittle also. Are you sure it's not a Red Serpent Sea Star?

I have a 8" brittle and it hasn't messed with any of my fish including the smaller ones. I hand feed it a small piece of raw shrimp every other week and it eats frozen as well when the fish do.
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I would play it safe and get the serpent variety, the brown/grayish ones do a fantastic job.
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